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Lianda was a Gypsy healer who operated from a small caravan in the nation of Wallachia during the mid 15th century. In the year 1459, Turkish warlord, Turac, brought the dying Wallachian prince Vlad Dracul to her carriage and told her to use her gypsy magic to heal him. Like most Transylvanians, Lianda despised Turkish occupation and had no desire to see Dracula healed, only to become a puppet to Turac. What Turac never realized however, was that Lianda was also a vampire. Guided by the commands of the ancient vampire Varnae, Lianda drank the prince's blood until his human form died and he was reborn as a vampire. When Turac discovered Lianda's treachery, he impaled her with a silver-tipped spear.
The wound, though severe, did not pierce her heart, and Lianda was able to shape-shift into a bat and fly away. She sought out Lord Varnae, and implored him to use his power to heal her. Varnae felt as if Lianda's usefulness was complete, so instead of healing her, he used his power to finish her off.
Presumably, Lianda possessed characteristics common to most vampires, even if the sum total of these has never been displayed.
- Superhuman Strength
- Superhuman Speed
- Superhuman Stamina
- Superhuman Agility
- Superhuman Reflexes
Lianda possessed a rudimentary knowledge of the occult.
By virtue of her vampiric heritage, Lianda's strength level was several times greater than that of a normal human. Lianda could lift/press 650 lbs.
Lianda, like all vampires, had a number of special vulnerabilities. She was highly allergic to silver and could be severely injured, or killed, with silver weaponry. If Lianda was injured by silver, her recovery time was considerably slower than normal. Lianda was also unable to withstand exposure to direct sunlight. Her tissue began would instantly dry up and would crumble to powder within a matter of moments. She could be killed by having a wooden stake plunged into her heart, somehow interrupting the mystical energies that kept her alive. Lianda could also be killed by decapitation and exposure to fire. Lianda was supernaturally repelled by religious icons, such as the Cross of David or a crucifix for example. The degree to which this affected her was based upon the strength of the wielder's faith in the icon and religion it represents, not the size of the icon itself. Lianda was restricted to residing within her coffin during the daylight hours. She had to line her coffin with soil from her homeland in order to both sustain her power and travel more than 100 miles from her birthplace.
Lianda owned a small Gypsy wagon.
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